Remember the good old days when we Mac lovers would head to the nearest Apple Store, stand in line for a few hours, and walk away with the latest version of Mac OS X (and, if we were especially diligent and early, a new Apple tee shirt)?
Those days are gone. Apple is dragging us kicking and screaming and smiling into the future.
What were my personal trials and tribulations while trying to install Mac OS X Mountain Lion on my MacBook Air and iMac?
That’s it. Seriously. The most difficult component of what once was an all day affair of backing up, wiping the Mac clean, then doing a fresh install of the latest OS X cat, has now been relegated to the hum drum of waiting.
Early this morning I turned on my Mac, opened the Mac App Store app, and selected Mac OS X Mountain Lion. The download began. I waited.
After a quick breakfast, I located the Installer in the Applications folder, double clicked, walked through a menu or two, and the installation began.
The download took about half an hour. The installation, from beginning to end, took about half an hour. I haven’t done an accurate count, but I’m sure the whole effort didn’t take more than five clicks.
In the end, Mountain Lion was installed and running with zero problems. Zero as in it just works. That’s a first. Every other upgrade of OS X dating back a decade managed to uncover a few bugs, though none serious.
Mountain Lion is a first. When it booted up there was new Mail, new Safari, plus Calendar and Contacts and Notification Center and all the new and delicious goodies just like Apple described.
All I had to do was wait.
The same thing happened with Apple’s iLife and iWork updates. The Mountain Lion-ready versions were available for download after I downloaded and installed OS X 10.8. The Mac’s System Preferences > Software Update now uses the Mac App Store app to install updates to iWork and iLife apps. All I had to do was click.
Half an hour later all the updates were installed on my Mac. There was nothing left to do except use the Mac for work (and explore some of the new features).
Apple has made a mockery of OS updates.
Gone is the anticipation of meeting new Mac users and making friends in the long lines before the Apple Store entrance. Gone is the option to get an Apple tee shirt by being an early bird. Gone is the DVD package. Gone is the applause from Apple’s associates.
Click, click, click, wait, done.
I’d like to report on other trials and tribulations. Some Mac users actually had problems with their Mountain Lion installs, but their experiences don’t appear to be the norm. The few Mac early adopters at the office experienced the same issue. Waiting. But no bugs, no trials, no tribulations.
Somewhere out there Steve Jobs is smiling.